The Seven Steps Of Quiet Time
1. Set aside the best time and place (Mark 1:35)
Choose your mental "prime" time and place where you can be alone.
2. Pray for God's help before reading (Psalm 119:18)
"Open my eyes, that I may see the wondrous things in Your Word."
3. Read today’s passage once
After the first reading of the passage, write the essential content in your own words; i.e., you can either title the passage or summarize it in one sentence.
4. Meditate for deeper understanding of the passage
As you read the passage more carefully and slowly second time, write down on the QT journal your thoughts of meditation on the passage through asking relevant questions:
- "What is God like?"
What can you learn about God, His character, or how He works? How should you respond to this thought about God? When you become used to this, look for even the more indirect expressions and explanations about God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
- "What lesson(s) is God teaching me?"
Ask yourself the “SPACE” questions—i.e., “Is there any...
Sin to avoid?
Promise to claim?
Attitude to change?
Command to obey?
Example to follow?”
A SUGGESTED FORMAT
Luke 10:38-42 1-6-03 (F)
“The Title of Today’s Passage in Your Own Words”
v. x Write what you learn about “what God is like.”
- Personalize your response.
v. x OR “what lesson God is teaching you”
- Personalize your response.
vv. x-x Write in a succinct, direct way.
- No more than 3 applications
- Think through MAPS: Measurable, Attainable, Personal, Specific
- Arrive at concrete applications for today/this week
- A one sentence prayer that reflects your application today
(e.g., Lord, help me choose the “good part” daily this week.)
- For yourself: e.g.
- Continuous discipline in my daily Quiet Time
- Today’s presentation meeting
- For others: e.g.
- Mom’s health
- Steve’s salvation
- Mark’s job interview
5. Apply the lessons into your life
Struggle for concrete applications in the MAPS principle:
For example, if the main lesson is on loving others, your application should reflect whom [by
name(s)] you will commit to love more, how you should actualize your love for the person(s),
when you will obey, and so on.
6. Respond to His Word through prayer
God has spoken to your heart. Now it's your turn to respond to what He has said. Don't rush your
prayer. Concentrate and thoughtfully verbalize your response to Him through:
- Adoration: Praise him with new thoughts you learned
- Confession: Tell Him your sins, decisions, and realizations
- Thanksgiving: Thank Him for His lessons, and blessings
- Supplication: Pray for yourself and for others
7. Share with others the meaningful lessons and applications of your Quiet Time
Develop a regular rhythm of this kind of sharing with a few people within your small group for accountability and
I want to cultivate my relationship with God. I want all of life to be Intimate⎯sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously⎯with the God who made, directs, and loves me... I don't want to live as a parasite on the first-hand spiritual life of others, but to be personally involved with all my senses, tasting and seeing that the Lord is good... Usually for that to happen there must be a deliberate withdrawal from the noise of the day, a disciplined detachment from the insatiable self.
Eugene H. Peterson